February roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month
Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in February 2020.
Down but not out
Madagascar pochard were considered extinct in the 1990s. They have now successfully bred in the wild, with 12 ducklings born last November in northern Madagascar.
Conservation goes digital
Story maps are an exciting, new interactive tool used to promote conservation.
Northern river otters have appeared for the first time in decades near Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Prime real estate
The Leslie Street Spit, an urban wilderness area just minutes from downtown Toronto, provides habitat for a wide range of species.
A worker in northern Manitoba records a video of a rare sighting: a family of lynx in the wild.
Iona National Park, a 15,000-square kilometre wilderness area in Angola, will now be managed in cooperation with the conservation organization Africa Parks.
Young conservation achiever
Mya-Rose Craig, aged 17, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bristol University for her role in making conservation more inclusive. She has become the youngest person in the U.K. to receive the honour.
Spoon-billed sandpipers make an 8,000-kilometre annual migration journey, which now includes a new protected wetland area in Thailand.
The sound of one seal clapping
Researchers have filmed a grey seal using its front flippers to clap underwater, the first time this behaviour has been documented in the wild. Clapping may be used to warn away competitors or attract mates.
Expanding conservation on Prince Edward Island
The Nature Conservancy of Canada announced its expansion of Abram Village nature reserve in Prince Edward Island by 10 hectares (24 acres).